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dis•tin•guish /dɪˈstɪŋgwɪʃ/USA pronunciation
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dis•tin•guish•a•ble, adj. See -stin-.
- [~ + object + from + object] to mark off as different;
show a difference:His height distinguishes him from the other boys.
- to recognize as distinct or different: [~ + between + object]I couldn't distinguish between some of the French vowels.[~ + object + from + object]Can you distinguish right from wrong?
- [~ + object] to perceive or sense clearly by the senses; recognize:Without my glasses I can't distinguish certain signs on the road.
- [~ + object] to set apart as different;
characterize:Her Italian accent distinguishes her.
- [~ + oneself] to make prominent or eminent:He distinguished himself in the arts.
(di sting′gwish), v.t.
to indicate or show a difference (usually fol. by between).
to recognize or note differences;
- to mark off as different (often fol. by from or by):He was distinguished from the other boys by his height.
- to recognize as distinct or different; recognize the salient or individual features or characteristics of:It is hard to distinguish her from her twin sister.
- to perceive clearly by sight or other sense;
recognize:He could not distinguish many of the words.
- to set apart as different; be a distinctive characteristic of;
characterize:It is his Italian accent that distinguishes him.
- to make prominent, conspicuous, or eminent:to distinguish oneself in battle.
- to divide into classes; classify:Let us distinguish the various types of metaphor.
- [Archaic.]to single out for or honor with special attention.
dis•tin′guish•a•ble•ness, dis•tin′guish•a•bil′i•ty, n.
Distinguish, differentiate, discriminate suggest an attempt to analyze characteristic features or qualities of things. To distinguish is to recognize the characteristic features belonging to a thing:to distinguish a light cruiser from a heavy cruiser.To discriminate is to perceive the particular, nice, or exact differences between things, to determine wherein these differences consist, and to estimate their significance:to discriminate prejudiced from unprejudiced testimony.To differentiate is to point out exactly and in detail the differences between (usually) two things:The symptoms of both diseases are so similar that it is hard to differentiate one from another.
ant'> 2 .
- Latin distinguere; see distinct
- Anglo-French, Middle French distinguer)
- extension, by -ish2, of Middle English disting(u)en ( 1555–65
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distinguish /dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ/ vb (mainly tr)
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin distinguere to separate, discriminatedisˈtinguishable adj disˈtinguishing adj
- when intr, followed by between or among: to make, show, or recognize a difference or differences (between or among); differentiate (between)
- to be a distinctive feature of; characterize
- to make out; perceive
- to mark for a special honour or title
- to make (oneself) noteworthy
- to classify; categorize
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